Note: This is one of a series of stories about solitary confinement. Here’s an overall look at the issue: Torture does happen in N.J.’s prison, former inmates say.

By Ron Pierce

I was incarcerated in New Jersey prisons for more than 30 years. I went in at 27 and came out at 58. I am now 60. I spent a total of about four years in solitary confinement.

You got an hour and a half of yard every other day. Other than that you stay in your cell. That’s where your mind can play tricks on you.